Kim Seok Jin, also known by his stage name Jin, song ‘Abyss’ finished No.1 of our Hot 50 World Songs poll in April 2021.
That’s a great birthday gift from King’s choice community since Jin released this second solo song just one day short of his 28th birthday! A great proof of Jin’s talent who wrote the lyrics himself with the help of RM (Kim Nam-Joon) for the chorus.
The song is an extremely courageous and audacious step for a Korean artist, tackling a taboo thematic in both Korean society and the music industry: anxiety, stress and burnout. Jin reported that his inspiration came from “when I was feeling down.”
Indeed in ‘Abyss,’ Jin speaks about his insecurities regarding his career and music creation, and how his darker emotions drove him to write and release the song that became the 3rd most-liked song by a Korean artist on YouTube Music with 2.8M likes.
U-know new album ‘Noir’ and its title track ‘Thank U’ has settled No.2 with over 12,5000 votes. U-know (Yunho) is a South Korean singer, actor and a member of the pop duo TVXQ, and has already more than 17 years of singing experience under his belt.
‘Thank U’ is a pop dance song with a sense of darkness and heaviness that can be found in a film noir flick with a catchy and witty chorus.
The cinematic music video stars famous actors Hwang Jung Min and Lee Jung Hyun with a direction that draws heavily from various noir films of both Asian and Occidental influences. The 7 minutes-long music video stands as a deeper representation of the struggles that Yunho has faced in his 17 year-career.
‘The Rose’ song ‘Black Rose’ is No.3 !
‘The Rose’ is composed of four members: Sammy, Leo, Dylan, Jeff. Claiming that various agreements and clauses in their contract were broken, the band ended their relationship with their previous agency while suing for reparations. In retaliation, the agency took their latest album off all the music streaming services. This song was released in August 2020, after their album was taken offline. ‘Black Rose’ is named after and dedicated to their fans. ‘Black Rose’ seems to be a message to their fans not to worry and they will be back soon.
Being ranked as third best song just proves that fans have a message back, we are waiting for you!
Check out the full top50 list for April